Five car brands that went downhill. It takes a lot of work to stay on top in the car industry. Brands come and go over the years, but there are some that manage to stay relevant.
5 Brands That Have Gone Downhill
It’s one thing having a successful business and sometimes another creating fun cars. Although purely opinion, here are five brands that I think have gone downhill recently:
If you’re a car guy, you will more than likely remember the days that the Evo versus STI battles, you were either an Evo or an STI guy and you would fight religiously to defend your favorite. In the late 2000 so ever this rivalry started to break down for both brands.
The third generation Subaru became a little soft and heavy, but the Evo soldiered on. In the year 2011 however, Mitsubishi decided to discontinue the Evo from the lineup completely.
Mitsubishi also axed they’re fun and slightly mad 180 horsepower Colt rally arts in 2011 with no direct replacement. What’s Mitsubishi up to now you may ask, producing a bunch of rather boring and dull crossover SUVs like the ASX and Outlander.
Sure they are good cars but not quite the excitement we want. Fortunately, there is hope for Mitsubishi as their president Osamu Masuka said that they will consider more performance models in the future, likely with hybrid drivetrains, we can only hope so.
Over the past 10 to 15 years Honda have kind of lost their way of its, in my opinion of course. Although their cars are still reliable well-made and affordable their performance range has gone seriously downhill.
The Honda’s of the 80’s and 90’s really had the spirit of superior Honda, their founder en-grained into them. In fact they were so good that you could buy even a non performance model and it would handle well and still be fun to drive.
This is evidence at track days now in which ordinary civics are often the car of choice. The days of the Accord type RS2000 and Integra Type R are long gone unfortunately.
Sure Honda still make the Civic Type R and they are starting to make progress on it, but there once was a time when Honda will market leaders. The cr-z wasn’t as punchy as its father the CRX and the FN2 Type R was also worse than its predecessor the EP-3.
The new NSX is an awesome car. Although it does somehow lack the spirits of Honda’s of old, still it’s a sign Honda are innovating, so we could see some great stuff to come in the future.
Peugeot has created so many great cars over the years. However in recent times they seem to have lost their way a little. Currently the only fast if cars they make other 308 GTI and the RC set.
Although they are both good cars neither are class-leading being out shown by their German rivals. The other cars are a selection of fairly dull crossovers and bloated hatchbacks.
POJO certainly have the talents to make some great cars though with the left off over-steer machine the 205 GTI and Africa’s favorites the 405 saloon. Other examples are the 106 rally with its lightweight zingy 1.3 100 horsepower engine and small size.
As well as an epic V6 405 Coupe a. If you’re American I don’t think you’ve got any of these so hard luck.
There once was a time when SAAB were virtually unstoppable. Especially thanks to the best-selling SAAB 900.
Their expertise in building aircraft translated extremely well into their vehicles at the time. Having a great run from the 1980’s to the early 2000’s. Cars like the saab 9-5 Aero and the epic 225 horsepower 95 Viggen will remain dear in enthusiasts minds forever.
In the year 2000 General Motors acquired a majority stake in the manufacturer, facing salves vehicles entirely on the GM platforms although the cars produced were cool. Saab had lost their way slightly, resulting in enthusiasts changing to other vehicles.
In 2012 SAAB unfortunately declared bankruptcy. Hopefully one day we will see them return, especially with a new feggin model.
Before you say what about the Miata, that’s just one car founded way back in 1920. Mazda’s history has been loaded with epic cars. With most of them appearing towards the end of the 20th century. These days Mazda only produce one car for enthusiasts the mx-5.
Is not so bad though, as their normal vehicles are good to drive, especially the fiestas derived Mazda too. That still doesn’t account for the tragic loss of the Mazda speed three and Mazda speed six. Otherwise known as Mps models in Europe.
The second generation Mazda speed three is really quite a sleeper, with a nought to sixty time of just 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 155 miles per hour. Its brother the speed six is also fast and has four-wheel drive for extra grip.
Now that the RX-7 is gone and the RX-8 is gone too. There is a gaping hole left that really needs filling before their lineup ends up becoming too boring. There are rumors brewing that a new RX-7 will be released, although nothing has been confirmed yet. We can only dream.
So there you are, five brands that have lost their way recently, which brand should I have included. Am I wrong? comment below.